Ph.D. Assistantship Available in Bee Phylogenetics and Evolution at Utah State

The Branstetter Bee Systematics Lab, USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit at Utah State University in Logan, UT, has an open position. This is a four-year, fully-funded Ph.D. assistantship position in bee phylogenomics and evolution. The position is funded as part of a recently awarded U.S. National Science Foundation grant entitled “Bees of the World - Phylogenomics, Biogeography, and Evolution of Host-Plant Associations.” The selected student will be expected to assist with grant activities and to conduct research related to grant objectives. 

Anyone with a strong interest in bee systematics, phylogenetics, and/or evolution is encouraged to apply. Students interested in learning molecular laboratory techniques and bioinformatics skills are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should contact Dr. Michael Branstetter,, to introduce themselves. Please include a resume/CV and a short paragraph describing your interests and career goals.   Next, applicants will need to apply to be a graduate student in the Department of Biology at Utah State University ( There is no strict deadline to apply.


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